The extreme Photoshop manipulation of fashion models – female ones especially – is probably one of the worst kept secrets of the fashion industry nowadays. But one advocacy group went beyond simple before/after photos and staged a photo shoot from start to finish to show just how crazy the process really is.
Global Democracy – a group that sort of weirdly advocates advocacy – created the time-lapse video that transforms an already perfectly good looking female model into physically unachievable perfection in a little over 30 seconds.
The video focuses briefly on the massive amounts of makeup applied all over the model’s body before shifting to a screen capture of a Photoshop artist hard at work. Amazingly, the artist makes the job look easy, using a lasso tool and a few simple keystrokes to instantly lengthen the model’s legs and neck, make her appear thinner and touch up skin blemishes.
▼ Here’s the model before any makeup is applied.
We can’t say how long the job actually takes, but it probably took an hour or less, proving just how frighteningly easy some simple computer software can influence the way we think about ourselves and the concept of beauty in general.
It goes without saying that the fashion industry’s typical depiction of women as flawless Barbies has untold psychological consequences for men and women both, but it is just a tad impressive how extensively a skilled Photoshop artist can manipulate someone’s appearance.
▼ Here she is after makeup, but before Photoshop manipulation.
In the end, we’re hoping the video will restore some body confidence in all you ladies out there, although it doesn’t make us wish for some kind of real-life Photoshop device to clear us once and for all of our horrible McDonald’s-induced acne.
▼ And here she is post-Photoshop.
Source: WorldStar News